Lai Mohammed, minister of information, says the Senate President, Bukola Saraki deliberately slowed down the progress of the All Progressives Congress (APC).
The minister stated this on Wednesday accused the Senate President, Bukola Saraki of intentionally delaying its progress through the delay in passage of budgets and confirmation of key appointments.
The Senate President had on Tuesday defected from the All Progressives Congress (APC) to the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) together with the Kwara state State Governor, Abdulfatah Ahmed.
Minister of Information and Culture, Lai Mohammed informed newsmen at the end of the Federal Executive Council (FEC) meeting presided over by President Muhammadu Buhari at the State House, Abuja.
He stated Saraki had all along behaved like a member of the opposition, frustrating the programs of the federal government through the Senate.
“If Senate President Bukola Saraki weren’t a member of the APC, the party and the government it leads couldn’t have suffered more than that they had already done, with regards to the delay in passing the budget, approving key appointments and so forth.
“In other words, Saraki has behaved all along as a member of the opposition, deliberately slowing down the progress of the APC-led federal government. It’s therefore neither a shock nor a blow that he has defected,” he stated.
The Minister while describing the defection of Saraki as a mere whimper, stated: ” if we did not achieve by having our member as Senate President, we stand to lose nothing by losing him.”
Dispelling the report that President Muhammadu Buhari has a hand in the Benue saga, he stated whatever occurs in Benue state was as a result of the local politics in that state.
“President Buhari will not interfere, it isn’t his style and he will never abuse his powers. To say the President is behind what is going on in Benue is false,” he stated.
He stated APC will wax stronger in Kwara and that it’ll win the 2019 general elections with broad margin when compared to the votes it obtained in 2015.
“APC members in the state have come collectively to strengthen the party, open it’s doors to new members and reposition it for the 2019 elections, with a view to delivering Kwara to President Muhammadu Buhari,” he stated.